Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Monday, March 15, 2010


A new industry on the LVN. Newby Chemicals is a tank farm which allows the railway to deliver and pickup up Chemicals. Depicted on the railroad are Chlorine and Sulphur tanks. Surrounded by berms with piping leading to the platform.

This distant view shows where the facility is in relation to the other industries in this area. The tanks have a low profile so the operators can easily read car numbers on the team track and chemical track and there is ease of coupling and uncoupling.

From this angle you can see the piping arrangement. The outside sets of pipes lead to the tanks on the layout while the centre ones feed tank trucks and other tanks off the layout.

I also put chemical symbols and tank numbers to make it easy for the operators to drop off the appropriate cars in the right place. You can see the loading platform has hoses on stanchions for car loading and others on the deck for unloading.

I took this shot to show a little cheat. The platforms are from old Walther's scrap box material. they are hollow but this cannot be seen from the operators or visitors view..

The view from the piping (Walther's kit) shows the Plastruct valves and solder hoses. The berms are made from quarter rounds covered with Liquatex ceramic stucco and appropriate acrylic craft paint.

The pipes feed into the berm and then go underground and up into the tanks.

This overhead scene shows the Tichy tank arrangement and the layout of the complex.

Newby Chemicals was a fun build and is an easy way to make a great addition to the operation allowing tank cars to come and go and feed other industries on the layout.


Blogger Eric said...

Nice work, Chris. Looks like a busy part of your layout. These days, there are lots of NIMBY's who wouldn't want chemical storage in their backyards, so NEWBY is an interesting name.

Chlorine and sulfur? Looks like those underground storage facilities actually hold scenic material :)

Neat arrangement with the Safeway building up above and of course the mirror.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

Hi Eric. Ron Newby is a good friend and I named the facility after him. I am going to the Kingston MR show on Saturday. May see you there at the SLD booth.

8:47 AM  
Blogger OlavM said...

Real nice addition! This should generate som tank car traffic, is all other tank car customers off layput?
Olav in Norway

9:04 PM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

Hi Olav. I have a number of delivery points on the railroad including, mines, paper, lumber, glycol, propaine, fuel oil and methanol. So the tank cars travel all over the layout.

11:39 AM  

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